The Steampunk Trilogy

The Steampunk Trilogy❮PDF❯ ⚦ The Steampunk Trilogy ✐ Author Paul Di Filippo – Heartforum.co.uk Steampunk is the twisted offspring of science fiction and postmodernism, a sassy, unpredictable tongueincheek style of which the incomparable Paul Di Filippo is master The three short novels in The St Steampunk is the twisted offspring of science fiction and postmodernism, a sassy, unpredictable tongueincheek style of which the incomparable Paul Di Filippo is master The three short novels in The Steampunk The Steampunk PDF/EPUB or Trilogy are all set in a very alternative nineteenth century, and feature a mixture of historical and imaginary figures In Victoria, a young and lissome Queen Victoria disappears from her throne and is replaced by a sexy humannewt clone The race is on to find the original Victoria and to hide the terrible secret from the nation In Hottentots, Massachusetts is threatened by monsters from the deep; in Walt and Emily, Emily Dickinson hooks up with a robust and lusty Walt Whitman, loses her virginity, and travels to a dimension beyond time where she meets the future Allen Ginsberg.

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Steampunk Trilogy
  • Paul Di Filippo
  • English
  • 23 May 2017
  • 9781568581026

10 thoughts on “The Steampunk Trilogy

  1. Dan Schwent says:

    Victoria: Naturalist Cosmo Cowperthwait succeeds in creating a human-newt hybrid he names Victoria, after the Queen who she resembles. Unable to support her, Cosmo stashes her in a brothel. Meanwhile, Queen Victoria vanishes and the Prime Minister proposes they swap one Victoria with the other. Will anyone notice before they find the Queen and return her to the throne?

    This story was a hoot! Steampunk lends itself to Python-esque humor so easily I'm surprised more people don't go for the humorous approach. The characters and setting were well done, especially for an 80 page novella. The idea of a fly-eating amphibian impersonating the queen without anyone knowing is a gem.

    Hottentots: Professor Agassiz and his group of scientists scramble to track down a fetiche (with happens to be a preserved vulva in a jar) that will summon Lovecraftian beasties when invoked. But can Agassiz put aside his prejudice toward blacks long enough to get the fetiche?

    Hottentots was just as funny as the first story once you got past the racism of the main character. How can you not love a story with a chapter title like Moby Dagon? Lots of Easter eggs in this one, like Herman Melville and HPL being minor characters.

    Walt & Emily: As romance blooms between Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, the two poets join an expedition to the afterlife with a group of spiritualists and scientists. Will their romance survive the trip?

    Yeah, this story was the most bizarre of the collection. The afterlife they visited was unique, though it may be drawn from spiritualist sources. While I don't know much about Dickinson, Whitman's character seemed pretty authentic from what I've read of the man. The medium heading up the expedition was by far the best character in the story.

    To sum up,if you like your steampunk stories to have a strange and humorous bend, this is the book for you.

  2. Greg says:

    Dear book;

    Thank you for the fun filled day we spent together. Our time together was fun, but now we should go our separate ways. I liked you but not as kids used to say, liked you liked you. I don't want you to think it's anything you did wrong, you were just fine (oh please don't take that the wrong way, I can already see you stamping your little book feet and saying Fine!, I'm Fine! I'll show you Fine you fucking half-stupid pretentious little shit!), but you just weren't for me. We had some laughs, and our romp together even cause me to be late to work by fifteen minutes. Maybe we can still be friends, but for now I think it's best if we see others: you other readers, and me other books.

    Your Pal!

    Greg

  3. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    I had some difficulties with this book. And that’s because two out of three stories bored me slowly to death.  But let us start with the good one, the first one:

    Victoria

    The soon-to-be-Queen disappears and while the search for her goes on a look-alike takes her place. Luckily for the court, a scientist has created a look alike, the problem is that Victori is a human-lizard hybrid with a ravenously sexual appetite that usually spends her days at a brothel.

    This story was good, bizarre, yes, but that is why it was so fun to read. And honestly, the ending came with a bit of surprise. 3/5

    Hottentots

    Louis Agassis is Swiss naturalist (and a big racist) that together with Dottie the daughter of “the Hottentot Venus” and her husband Jacob Cazar tries to find a fetish that can be used for black magic.

    And here we have the books BIG problem. This story just kept going for an eternity without an ending; at least it felt like that. The story was miserable boring and to make it worse. Jacob Cazar spoke with a broken accent and English mixed with German that made everything come out like this: I am zun of Hendrick Cezar, und Dottie is der daughter of-“. Drove me bonkers trying to read everything he said, and he talked a lot.  ½/5

    Emily and Walt.

    Emily Dickinson's brother is trying to cross over to another world to speak with his dead children with the help of a medium and a ship that will take them there. Also on the trip is on Walt Whitman that Emily feels lustfully drawn to. Even though she doesn’t believe the medium she agrees to tag along on the ride and well it is a weird world they get to.

    I’m not that familiar with Emily Dickinson or her poems. I found her a bit “odd”, and not a really good character, actually a bit annoying. She and Walt had a thing for poems and they liked to express them self in poems in the story. It was nettlesome to read. Not that I’m against poems. Poems are great, but in this story not so much. But then again I was a bit weary of the last story. This story was a little bit better than the last one. 1/5

    Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

  4. Trin says:

    Three novels, all of which are apparently steampunk-y, though not in the way I think of steampunk (I could be thinking of it wrong). In the first Queen Victoria runs away and is temporarily replaced by a genetically engineered salamander-girl; in the second, a racist biologist is recruited to help a Dutch scientist and his African wife recover a much sought-after artifact; in the third, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman meet and do sex, kind of. Okay!

    Each story was certainly interesting, but I didn't really like any of the characters (aside from Dickinson, they are all pretty much unlikeable) and everything that happened was more strange then meaningful. Okay!, though flip, is really the most accurate record of my reaction that I could give. There's nothing to take seriously here.

  5. Adam says:

    The Steampunk Trilogy is a macabre romp through history that never was enlivened by a giddy sense of humor. William Gibson compares it Max Ernst’s Un Semaine de Bonte which I think is appropriate as it is also a cut up of pulp adventure, penny dreadfuls, gaslight science fiction, with surreal imagery. Similar ground to Powers and Gibson/Sterling but the strongest resemblance is to Pynchon with a mix of technological speculation, serious augury, slapstick comedy, dialects, bizarre characters, parodies of literature and history, and raunchy sex. Weird comic adventures with asides to the social constraints of the 19th century, pseudo science, and the interaction of fiction characters (both made up by Di Fillipo and from literary sources) and historical figures.


  6. Yzabel Ginsberg says:

    (I got an e-copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

    A strange read, not totally devoid of interest, but that didn't do much for me, probably in part because its title is definitely misleading when it comes to steampunk as a genre, and isn't representative of what it entails. It's more Victoriana with a dash of paranormal and alternate history, and references to existing personae (poets, scientists...) and literary works (not always exact—Nana isn't Balzac's work, but Zola's). This book's title was seemingly what coined the term steampunk, though there's not a whiff of steam in there. Sometimes the mind boggles.

    As a whole, sometimes it was accurate enough in its depiction of 19th century society, and sometimes it just didn't work at all.

    Victoria was amusing enough, if you appreciate a somewhat rompish humour. But its ending was highly unbelievable and improbable, considering the person involved. I just don't see how anyone in circles of power would consider that a good idea, certainly not in British politics.

    Hottentots I found mostly boring and disjointed, with no real sense of a plot. I kept reading it because it made fun of Agassiz, and nothing else—the humour helps defuse his racist thoughts and jingoism, which otherwise are pretty cringeworthy and hard to stand. Also, Cesar's transcribed accent distracted me and threw me out of the story's flow basically every time he opened his mouth). While there's a wide variety of accents in languages, such transcriptions in literature are seldom well-done, and too quickly fall in the too much category. Not a good idea here, and clearly the story I liked the least (oh, scratch that: I didn't like it at all). I'd say its only interest was in the satire department.

    Walt and Emily was more interesting to me, because I know their poetry well enough, could find my marks there, and the planned trip to the Summerland felt at least like there was some plot there, one that fit with the two poets' works. Style-wise, it was also the most lyrical, and I quite liked this. Unfortunately, it couldn't really make up for the rest of the book.

    1.5 stars.

  7. Gary says:

    At last I've got hold of a copy - God bless you Santa Claus! Next on the list to read.. can't wait.

    Read the first of the 3 stories and liked it a lot and am on the 2nd now - steampunk in an alternate Victorian/19th Century setting - good stuff although Mr. Di Felippo seems to have a penchant for sexual activity that is perhaps not quite necessary - we are not talking Jose Farmer's porno period but Di Felippo could easily have written excellent stories without quite as much sexual content - Jack Vance never needed it - gosh I'm coming across as quite the prude! Still half a book to go...
    Finished all 3 stories now and a 3 star rating is all I can muster. Worth reading but not the stunning/can't put it down read that I was expecting. The third story centres around Emily Dickinson and her ambivalent relationship with the world and Walt Whitman. Interesting and imaginative but not top of my steam punk list.

  8. Alger Smythe-Hopkins says:

    A sloppy collection of three unconnected stories that is best understood as a too-late entry into the canon of 1980s Gonzo SciFi. Sex and drugs stand in for plot, and the sophomoric humor that should tie the book together is not even amusing. This author borrows so heavily from Robert Anton Wilson that he should be listed as a co-author, except Wilson would have rejected the association.

    For those of you interested in the historical significance of the volume, be warned. This isn't even steampunk in the sense that it is used now, although this is the book that gave the sub-genre its name. It is instead a silly sex romp through the lives of Victorian notables in a slightly alternate history, and a predictable one at that.

    Just writing this made me reconsider the two-star rating I gave it.

  9. Heidi says:

    I read this book because I had heard somewhere that it originated the term steampunk. Next time I guess I should also find out whether a book is any good before I try to read it. As a general analysis: the level of writing was not great, though the ideas were often mildly interesting. I got annoyed by the number of real historical figures DiFilippo tried to cram into every story, for no purpose related to plot whatsoever. I almost quit the book in the middle because it got so tedious. Details (and mild spoilers) below.

    There are three stories. The first, Victoria, is about Queen Victoria suddenly disappearing before her coronation, and being surreptitiously replaced by a human-newt hybrid. The story follows the scientist who created the false Victoria as he tries to find the real Victoria. The premise was interesting (if you can accept the human-newt thing) but I was really disappointed in the end of the story, when it's revealed (spoiler!) that the queen of England is hiding out in a brothel, because apparently, sleeping with high-ranking government officials and foreign dignitaries and the like is a great way to learn political secrets and gain power as a leader? I suppose I shouldn't expect much realism from a story in which a human-newt hybrid is a central part of the plot, but given the realities of prostitution, I had a hard time believing that Victoria would have enjoyed it quite as much as she did, and that kind of ruined the whole story for me.

    The second story was about a scientist who teams up with a Dutch man and his African wife to search for a fetiche which, if I understood it correctly (and maybe I didn't; I didn't give this story a very close reading, even considered not finishing it at all) is a woman's preserved vulva allegedly possessed of magical powers? I had a hard time focusing on this story because the main character was a self-righteous racist, and I just really didn't enjoy reading a story told from that point of view. I'd be reading along, getting into it, when bam! The main character would suddenly refer to the African woman as an ape or something. Oh, and as a side note, the Dutch character's dialogue was all rendered phonetically, a technique that just drives me up the wall. It really disrupts the narrative flow in my head when I have to slow down and sound out and mentally translate text. The same was true of the salty sea captain and the Native American who featured in the story. I got to a point where I felt like the story was populated by cartoon characters. Horrible, irritating cartoon characters.

    The third story was probably the best of the three, although the least steampunk-ish, at least as I understand steampunk. Basically it's a romance between Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman that is formed while Emily's brother is assembling a group of people, led by a psychic medium, to take a journey to the spirit world. Odd, but I thought the poetic style of writing in this story was better than the style of the other stories. Not bad -- but didn't really make up for the other stories either.

  10. Urthwild Darkness Beckons says:

    This is actually a collection of three novellas, 'Victoria', 'Hottentots' and 'Walt and Emily'.

    In 'Victoria', we find ourselves firstly in 1838 in the company of Cosmo Cowperthwait a hit and miss inventor, with few redeeming features. By his side at almost all times is his faithful manservant, Nails McGroaty, the only albeit dim light in a dull story.

    In 'Hottentots', we have our main focus on Swiss scientist Louis Agassiz an odious virulently racist philandering little twerp, again with no redeeming features. Leaving his wife and children behind he heads off to America to give the populace the benefit of his combined wisdom in medicine, palaeontology, ichthyology and zoology, amongst other subjects. He tells us not once, but several times his loathsome feelings on miscegenation. You can therefore understand his chagrin when a white South-African and his black Hottentot wife ask for his help in regaining a magical artefact, only when he realizes that there might be something in it for him does he readily agree. What then follows is a romp searching for a 3ft African witch doctor before he can cast a much dreaded spell. Being as we have been so focused on Agassiz's racism, it should come as no shock that it will be used against him as the story progresses. If both he and the reader were meant to learn something worthwhile as a result, the test failed spectacularly for this reader.

    The worst crime in this novella, the speech patterns of the South African character Jacob Cezar,'You know arse.

    Finally, 'Walt and Emily', instead of an odious little man we get an odious little woman as our lead. Was real life poet Emily Dickinson really that bad?



    All three were over long, containing far too much filler and might have made a better impression if they had been sharpened down to short story length.

    If many of the supporting casts had been allowed to develop, they would have provided better foils for the three unpleasant leads.

    My plea, do not let this volume put you off reading other works by Di Filippo.

    My verdict disappointing.



    (I have been asked by the publisher to review Cosmocopia due for release Sept, by Paul Di Filippo).

    Received from the publisher for an honest review.



    Urthwild

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